This is why I do hail Snowden as a hero.. this kind of thing has been going on for a long time now, it took him to bring it to the public eye .. and
now the government is just hoping this goes away.. the best thing that could happen is that stories keep coming out and the public constantly is aware
of it.. the heat should not let off.
Ok, time to throw my two bits in...
Whereas I totally love what he did...I kinda questioned everything *about* him the minute I heard his background.
Everybody booed the idea that a HS dropout could make it into being employed by Booz, Allen & Hamilton. I laughed at this, as I myself was employed
by BAH back in 2001, and I myself am a HS dropout. So, there 8-P....
But what didn't make sense, was the amount of his salary when viewed in context of his experience.
Apparently he had *some* college experience. As did I, 45 credits with a 3.9 GPA, personally speaking. But, he is a general OS / networking
guy...writing scripts doesn't get you $250K a year. I had about eight years experience at the time as a database developer (writing complex SQL
oriented programs to mine data for business purposes [such as Payroll, HR, Finances, Supply Chain Management, etc]) specializing in a software that is
not something you can simply "get" to piddle around with and figure out on your own. You had to be trained by a big six consulting firm and at that
time it meant taking classes from the company that wrote the software I specialize in. When I heard he was making $250K, I almost laughed...because I
was making $105K at the time. Comparing his apparent skillset to mine, weighing in the factor that hey maybe he is some uber god at what he does, I
just couldn't see how he could be making that kind of dough.
Also, whereas BAH isn't the CIA and doesn't have the crazy security protocols that an alphabet agency does, his story about snatching drives and
loading up thumb drives seems a bit contrived to me. I could be wrong, but it still seems to be a bit much. My average contract through BAH is
represented by one where I was at Bolling AFB in DC on a contract we had with the DOD. Security out the wazoo. Metal detectors. Flashing green
lights on the ceilings to let you know if someone that was unsecured was walking into the room so as to watch what you were talking about for fear
they might hear you. And a contract like that, you don't just walk off with drives, thumb or hard variety.
Now, let's talk about his going into the military for some kind of seal training or whatever he supposedly did. He broke his legs. They dropped him
out of the military for that ? Huh ? What? Of ALL the military folks I know, this is unheard of.
Then, he just waltzes into the CIA and gets a job ? Umm....maybe POSSIBLY if he was someone's nephew or cousin...possibly....but, unlikely.
Particularly with no HS or Uny degree. Alphabet agencies are STICKLERS on that. And ANAL ones at that.
[And lets hold off on the fact that he still needed to go through the background /security clearance check, we'll talk about that in a moment]
Then, he gets (of all the choice assignments) Hawaii as a base of operations from BAH ? Now, that's not to say that BAH doesn't do business in
Hawaii. Most big six consulting firms simply want you to live near a major airport and could care less about it beyond that. But he was *assigned*
to a contract gig in Hawaii? For the NSA ? Ok, it takes FOREVER to get cleared for your TS/Poly clearance, which I cannot see anyone working at an
NSA facility without having. Christ, I implemented software applications for the NSA and they wouldn't even let me onto the property because my wife
was from the UK, I # you not. I had to do all of my work remotely. He lands this hellaciously fantastic gig, with an awesome and unfounded salary,
waltzes through the security check, and then simply walks out of their NOC with thumb and hard drives full of information?
I worked for a firm in 1999/2000 that had bio scan technology at the entrance to the NOC facilities. Not to mention at the vast majority of these
kinds of installations you are video taped and usually physically (guard standing there watching) observed as you come and go.
To give you an idea what working in a TS environment was like back in the early 2000's while waiting for clearance. You couldn't walk anywhere
without supervision. Couldn't go to the john, couldn't get coffee, go for a smoke, etc without an escort. If you needed something printed, you had
to put the documents on a floppy disk and hand it to someone who would then print it out for you, and guess what? You wouldn't even get your floppy
returned for fear you had a small program on it that would raid the RAM in the printer and snatch other print jobs onto the floppy...
Why did I tell you all that just now? Because it can take YEARS (particularly so now) to get a clearance. At the time (around 2000) it took me over
a year and I still never was granted a TS clearance. Now, maybe he got an initial clearance (say, a secret clearance) in the military. That doesn't
mean making the leap from Secret to Top Secret is a cakewalk...I can point you to many, many folks who found out quite the opposite...and, you have to
have damned good reason to go from Secret to Top Secret, usually it's a graduated process...step by step, especially if you didn't need the god level
clearance to begin with when first applying....
So yeah, I have issues with this guys story. Suffice it to say, I think it's more of a PR / propaganda job designed to let us, ALL of US (around the
world) know exactly how much power the US Gov't has.
Flame me all you want, these are just my thoughts based off of my own experiences in the same fields that our boy Ed was playing in....
edit on 13-9-2013 by SadistNocturne because: Forgot to mention the little guy didn't necessarily have his TS clearance before "going into